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Bronze and Stone - 
      Yunchiahn C. Sena

Bronze and Stone

The Cult of Antiquity in Song Dynasty China

Despite China's long tradition of venerating the past as the ultimate source of cultural authority, the discourse of antiquity prior to the Song period (960-1279) demonstrated little concern for ancient objects. Les mer
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Despite China's long tradition of venerating the past as the ultimate source of cultural authority, the discourse of antiquity prior to the Song period (960-1279) demonstrated little concern for ancient objects. With a focus on physical artifacts of the past, Song intellectuals began a new discipline, "the study of bronze and stone" (jinshixue), that generated collections of items such as bronze vessels and bells, stone steles, and ink rubbings of inscriptions carved or cast on objects. This first comprehensive study in English of the Song antiquarian movement and how it refashioned the distant past uses textual and material evidence to examine this development, which has had long-lasting influence on Chinese intellectual history and on the preservation of material objects. In addition to collecting and comparing artifacts, Song antiquaries compiled extensive catalogs that included drawings, measurements, and meticulous descriptions. Their studies have contributed to the way history has been documented since the eleventh century and serve as a basis for archaeology of the modern period. Bronze and Stone contextualizes the Song antiquarian movement among previous Chinese engagements with antiquity, subsequent popular interest in ancient objects, and world antiquarianism.
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Forlag: University of Washington Press
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 240
ISBN: 9780295744575
Format: 23 x 15 cm
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Bronze and Stone makes a valuable contribution to the study of Song visual and material culture, and its richly detailed contents should be read by all specialists.

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T'oung Pao

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Dense with detail and illustrations, this study will appeal primarily to social and art historians, museum curators, or graduate-student audiences, but also bears relevance for scholars investigating the Chinese face of the field of material culture studies.

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Choice

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[T]his book offers fascinating interdisciplinary research on a cultural movement that engaged people from different classes of the Song society. Its novel way of intertwining intellectual history with material culture is a remarkable attempt to demonstrate the contribution that the study of art history can have to scholarship on other aspects of Song society.

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Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR)

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[T]he book opens up many avenues for understanding how antiquarianism permeated the intellectual and aesthetic lives of Song people—a small minority of elite collectors, at first, but in time a broader and more diverse group of people.

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Journal of Chinese Studies

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[A]fine piece of work characterized by its analytical insight and interdisciplinary approach. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in the cultural and intellectual history of China. It will stand out for many years to come as an important addition to studies of Song cultural history.

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China Review International
Yunchiahn C. Sena is Kluger Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College.